In the green fields and woodlands of Avesnois, glass takes on even more sparkle. If you spot a geometric shape in the middle of the countryside, you have arrived in Musverre, a haven for glass-blowers. What strikes you as soon as you enter are the almost cathedral-like dimensions of the interior and the immaculate white displays that showcase unique pieces of flawless glassware. They are truly beautiful – magical, even – and you can’t help but smile as you approach them for a closer look.
You’ll be hypnotised by highly contemporary pieces or the reflections of a thousand colours in the bousillés, the pieces craftsmen make during their breaks from production work. You can admire the skill of glass-blowers in the workshops and studios that adjoin the Musverre or visit the glass museum in Trélon to learn about the secrets of glass-making. Throughout your travels, make sure you take a minute to look up – you’ll see the famous épis de faîtage, spike-like forms that have sat on the roofs of Sars-Poteries – an early glass-blowing centre – and the surrounding villages since the start of the 20th century. Locals proudly display these blown-glass spikes as symbols of local craftsmanship and quality.